Marillion Takes The Next Step And Gives Music Away For Free
from the excellent dept
I doubt that we had anything to do with it, but just weeks later, that's exactly what the band is doing. It's giving away its latest album for free (I'm not sure, but I'm assuming it was produced in the same manner, meaning that it's already been "paid" for). And the band is planning to use the free music to try to continue to build up that fan list, that it can continue to promote its scarce goods to. Hopefully it works out for them. They seem to have combined many of the different elements: getting people to pay for scarcities (new music, CDs with extras, concerts, fan club memberships that provide benefits, merchandise, etc.) and cultivating "true fans" and now using the music to build up that list. My only tiny (tiny!) critique is that if I were them, along with the free music, I might offer different "levels" of potential support, a la Jill Sobule, Kristin Hersh and Trent Reznor. Either way, it's great to see another example of a band embracing where the market is heading.